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Dive Review of Reef Divers/Little Cayman Beach Resort] in
Cayman Islands/Little Cayman

Reef Divers/Little Cayman Beach Resort], Apr, 2007,

by Jerry Hobart, N.Y., USA (Contributor Contributor 12 reports). Report 3287.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Grenada, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Coral Sea, Great Barrier Reef, French Polynesia, Cozumel, Niagara River, Tobemory, Dominica, Florida Keys.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions If you had a computer( everybody did), you were asked not to go below 110 feet for 50-60 minutes depending on whether it was first dive( 50 min.) or 2nd or 3rd dive( 60 min.).
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Reef Divers does not have a rinse bucket on board for cameras, but does have a fresh water hose and 2 tier camera table. Not having a rinse bucket took time getting used to, but because of some of the huge professional cameras that were on board, there was no way a rinse bucket would accomodate the big cameras and strobes. However, there was a large fresh water rinse tank on the boat dock when you exited the boat. Cameras were always handed to you after getting in the water and taken before climbing back on the boat. Twice during the week there was a video professional on board making a video of the dive for sale( $40. US) and he was more than willing to offer photo advice if requested.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Since Jan. 2007, I have been lucky enough to visit and dive all three Cayman Islands. Based on my observations, The Little Cayman Beach Resort and Reef Divers are the best of the lot. Also, the reefs on Little Cayman are in much better shape than Grand Cayman( fewer divers, less hurricane damage, and less algae), and turtles, rays, and fish are more abundant. The physical plant( rooms, buildings, etc.) at Little Cayman Beach Resort is in excellent shape and until you dive with Reef Divers on Little Cayman or their sister shop on Cayman Brac you don't know the meaning of the expression "valet diving". Once you arrive, the only equipment you handle is your wetsuit, fins and mask. The first day gear is picked up at your room and transported to the boat. Tanks are switched for you and BC's and tanks are brought to you at the back of the boat just before entering the water. At the end of the day, the boat is hosed down and left on the Newton 46' over night. Also, I might add that this is the first day boat I can remember that has a toilet that really works. Crew members Ron and Sunny added just the right amount of experience( Ron) and youthful exuberance( Sunny). Each day the divers got to choose the sites they wished to visit and one morning two tank dive anybody could pay $25. extra to crossover to Cayman Brac and dive the Russian Destroyer. Please be forwarned that this is a very isolated Caribbean Island with a few cable channels, a bar that closes at 11 PM, a pool and a hot tub. Bring a good book for there is NO nightlife. I should also mention that the food at Little Cayman Beach Resort(served buffet style) is very good and provides enough variety for anyone( chicken, steak, pork, pasta,and plenty of fish). Also, the desserts are to die for. Since small airplane is the only means of arrival, you will have to master the art of packing within a 70 lbs. limit( including carry-on which is weighed). Over weight bags get left behind and will probably arrive one to two days late. The secret-- wear bathing suit and t-shirts 24/7.
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